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PSYC11010 Fundamentals of Psychology 1: Understanding Human Behaviour
Fundamentals of Psychology 1: Understanding Human Behaviour
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General Information


This unit provides an introduction to the primary philosophies and key theories and frameworks that are fundamental to the study of psychology. You will examine the interplay of biological and social factors that underpin our understanding of people and behaviour. The biological content of the unit explores the structures and functions of the brain and nervous system, sensory and perceptual processes, learning and behaviour, and states of consciousness. The social content of the unit introduces you to motivation and emotion, human lifespan development, social cognition and perception and cross-cultural psychology, personality, psychological disorders, and intelligence. This unit is applicable to students studying a psychology course and those students from a variety of courses.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2022


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
3. Online Test
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student feedback


The lectures in 2021 were on a Friday afternoon, which made it difficult to meet the Monday morning due date for the weekly Stop and Review questions. This meant that these questions needed to be completed at the same time or shortly after the content was being delivered.


Take into account class timetabling when setting the due date of the weekly Stop and Review questions. If the class is again timetabled late in the week, amend the due date so that it is later the following week (rather than Monday morning).

Feedback from Student feedback


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Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the biological and social contributors to human behaviour.
  2. Discuss the major principles and theories related to the study of human behaviour.
  3. Reflect on, and engage with, key psychological concepts in an objective manner.

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
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Intermediate Level
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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Online Quiz(zes) - 60%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Textbooks and Resources



Psychology (With CyberPsych), 5th Australian and New Zealand Edition

5th Australian and New Zealand Edition (2018)
Authors: Burton, L. J., Westen D., & Kowalski, R. M.
Brisbane Brisbane , Queensland , Australia
ISBN: 978-0-730-35539-7
Binding: eBook

Additional Textbook Information

Both paper and eBook versions can be purchased from the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au

The E-Text can be downloaded for offline use, is easily searched, and annotated. It also has interactive quizzes and learning materials

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
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